Russo Famiglia

Tomato Potato Onion Salad


  • 6-8 medium to large tomatoes —any garden variety will work

  • 6-8 medium potatoes —for this recipe we used red potatoes

  • 2 medium or 1 large onion —For this recipe we used a sweet yellow onion


  • 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar

  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil 1 teaspoon

  • Oregano 1/2 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon (to taste - we like a lot!)

  • Salt


  • 1. Boil your potatoes (sliced into rounds - you can do this before or after you boil your potatoes) until barely fork tender, then chill immediately in an ice bath. You do not want to over cook your potatoes.

  • 2. Slice your tomatoes into wedges

  • 3. Julienne your onions

  • 5. Toss tomatoes, potatoes, and onions

In a separate bowl combine the ingredients for your dressing, pour over salad, then toss again — the juices from the tomatoes will become part of the dressing. Serve and enjoy!

Notes, Variations, Etc. This salad accompanied our meals almost every evening during the summer months when I was growing up. Many times we wouldn’t have any meat with our meals when the garden was in full swing. Our meal might be tomato, potato, & onion salad, corn on the cob, and zucchini or eggplant in red sauce —we called these garden dinners! ~Tonya Russo Hamilton

You can make this salad based on what you are harvesting from your garden. If you don’t have potatoes, then make it with just the tomatoes and onions. If tomatoes are not in season, then make it with just the potatoes and onions. Also, you can use any variety of potatoes, tomatoes, and onions. This salad is so versatile! One thing to note is that the oregano is the principal seasoning in this dish. Don’t add basil (use for decorative purposes only on top) you don’t want anything to compete with your oregano. And, you may need to adjust the amount based on the type of oregano you’re using. The aroma of this salad is intoxicating!

To plan ahead, boil a large amount of potatoes in the evening when it has cooled off and then refrigerate them. You can then pull them out and assemble your salad quickly and easily for dinners during the week.

Lastly, this salad will not have the same flavor with store bought tomatoes. If you must use store bought, purchase Roma’s, tomatoes on the vine, or even make it with sweet cherry tomatoes.